Spanish Words that end in MENTE – Learn and Practice these Adverbs

Spanish Words That End in Mente, Mente Adverbs, Learn and Practice

Welcome to our grammar lesson about Spanish Words that end in -mente, where we will master the process to form these adverbs.

Adverbs ending in -mente , such as “normalmente” or “simplemente”,  are the equivalent of English words ending in “-ly”: normally, simply, etc.

It is very easy to take an adjective in Spanish and transform it into an adverb ending in -mente, applying a simple method.

In this lesson we will learn and apply that method.

At the end you’ll find a Quiz and an Exercise for practice.

Forming adverbs ending in “-mente”

In order to form a Spanish adverb ending in -mente,  we need to follow 3 simple steps:

  1. Think of any Spanish adjective
  2. Take the feminine form of that adjective
  3. Attach -mente at the end of that feminine form

Let’s pick a few adjectives and apply our method, to transform them into -mente adverbs:

1. Think of any Spanish adjective

I just thought of these 4 adjectives!:

  • desgraciado = unfortunate
  • intenso = intense
  • fácil = easy
  • alegre = happy


2. Take the feminine form of that adjective

Out of the 4 adjectives I thought, the first two have a feminine form which is different from the masculine. For the other two, the feminine form is the same as the masculine:

AdjectiveFeminine Form
desgraciadodesgraciada
intensointensa
fácilfácil
alegrealegre


3. Attach “-mente” at the end of the feminine form

This is the final step: just attach -mente at the end of the feminine form.

Let’s complete our chart and see the final result:

AdjectiveFeminine FormAdverb ending in "-mente"
desgraciadodesgraciadadesgraciadamente
intensointensaintensamente
fácilfácilfácilmente
alegrealegrealegremente


We have applied our method successfully, and obtained 4 adverbs ending in -mente:

  • desgraciadamente = unfortunately
  • intensamente = intensely
  • fácilmente = easily
  • alegremente = happily

About Accent Marks on “-mente” adverbs

If the original adjective had an accent mark, then the adverb with “-mente” has it too, on the same vowel.

Otherwise it doesn’t have it.

For example, out of the 4 adverbs we have formed, only “fácilmente” has an accent mark, because “fácil” had it too.

Example sentences including “-mente” adverbs

Finally, here are some sentences including the “-mente” adverbs we have created:

Desgraciadamente, este año no tengo tiempo para viajar.
Unfortunately, I don’t have time to travel this year.

Ella trabaja intensamente.
She works intensely.

Paula resolvió fácilmente el problema.
Paula solved the problem easily.

Los niños cantaban alegremente.
The children were singing happily.

List with more “-mente” adverbs

Here’s a list of some frequent adverbs ending in -mente, created from adjectives:

AdjectiveAdverb ending in "-mente"Meaning
absolutoabsolutamenteabsolutely
afortunadoafortunadamenteluckily
brevebrevementebriefly
casualcasualmentecasually, incidentally
claroclaramenteclearly
completocompletamentecompletely
especialespecialmentespecially
finalfinalmentefinally
honestohonestamentehonestly
lentolentamenteslowly
ligeroligeramenteslightly
necesarionecesariamentenecessarily
normalnormalmentenormally, usually
principalprincipalmentemainly
rápidorápidamentequickly
simplesimplementefortunately
sincerosinceramentesincerely
totaltotalmentetotally
tristetristementesadly
tranquilotranquilamentecalmly
últimoúltimamentelately
pacientepacientementepatiently

Practice

Quiz

Take this short Quiz to test your knowledge about Spanish words that end in -mente:

Exercise

Now we are going to practice with some sentences.

Fill the gaps using Spanish -mente adverbs created from the adjectives in brackets:

Tenemos que hacer las cosas _____ 1.(correcto).
Es un artista _____ 2.(simple) genial.
El anillo me parece _____ 3.(excesivo) caro.
Antonio es un profesional _____ 4.(tremendo) eficaz.
El tema está _____ 5.(perfecto) claro.
Nosotros vamos al cine _____ 6.(frecuente).

Solutions:
1) correctamente
2) simplemente
3) excesivamente
4) tremendamente
5) perfectamente
6) frecuentemente